SHELTON — The 12 and Under Peewee Reese League Baseball World Series is coming to Shelton.
Steve Avila, CEO president of Enfuego Baseball and an Olympia resident, announced to the Shelton city commissioner Tuesday night that some 24 teams would compete for the 12 and under championship in Shelton July 22-Aug. 6.
The Indigenous League World Series would open the championship, Avila said.
Some 2,000 people would come to town to follow their children's teams, Avila said.
The event is backed by the American Amateur Baseball Congress.
Mark Ziegler, City of Shelton community development director, said the tournament could be split between the city’s Callanan Park Field and Mason County Recreation Area’s fields.
Avila and new Shelton High School Baseball Coach Jason Winans presented the series plans to the commissioners, who expressed excitement about the tourism and notoriety the event could bring to Shelton.
“We were looking for smaller rural town,” Avila said, and Shelton fit the bill.
The Peewee Reese League has grown in the Northwest from 69 teams to 1,268 teams, Avila said.
“So they asked us to move the world series to our region,” Avila said.
Winans encouraged the league to locate the world series to Shelton, he said.
"It is a big thing for our community,” Winans said. “It’s something we’ve never had.”
Winans said the economic impact to Shelton “is amazing.”
The commisioners voiced their suppoert.
“I’m so excited about this,” City Commissioner Tracy Moore said. “I think this is so good for our community.”
Commissioner Kathy McDowell agreed.
Mayor Gary Cronce asked Avila and Winans to work with city staff to help where it can.
Avila said housing and transportation were already taken care of for the event.
“Everything is in place,” Avila said. “We’re just raising the money.”